Meet of the Week Preview: Maryland at North Carolina

By Jason Marsteller

PHOENIX, Arizona, January 25. FOR our final Meet of the Week on, the Atlantic Coast Conference hosts Frank Comfort's final home dual meet at North Carolina as Maryland heads to Chapel Hill on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Division II boasts a top-15 clash between No. 11 Missouri-Rolla and No. 13 Truman State in a men's meet, while UW-Stevens Point and UW-La Crosse battle for state bragging rights in a Division III match-up in Wisconsin.

Next week, we will feature:
Feb. 2, 2007, Ashland at Wayne State
Feb. 3, 2007, Rowan at Kutztown
Feb. 3-4, 2007, Harvard/Yale at Princeton

Here is a quick preview of the Maryland/North Carolina match-up:

Date and Time: Saturday, January 27, 2007 – 11 a.m.
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Facility: Koury Natatorium
CSCAA Rankings:
Maryland: NR
North Carolina: 22

Maryland: NR
North Carolina: NR

Maryland's Last Time Out:
In a tri-meet with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, the Maryland women split with a win against Georgia Tech, 136-94, and a loss against Virginia Tech, 160-77, while the Maryland men lost to both Georgia Tech (186-52) and Virginia Tech (190-48).

Individual winners for the women included Andrea Lehner in the 200 free (1:50.75) and 500 free (4:57.08) and Jen Vogel in the 200 fly (2:06.04), while the team of Yelena Skalinskaya, Maya Finkler, Kaleena Laputka and Emily Smoak won the 400 free relay in 3:30.66.

Danny Gray provided the top finish for the men with a second-place effort in the 50 free of 20.87.

Looking forward with Maryland head coach Dave Durden:
We are looking forward to getting down to Chapel Hill this weekend. With UNC hosting the ACC Championships this year, this meet could not come at a better time of the year. We are looking to hone in on a couple of events for our athletes as we are 2.5 and 3.5 weeks away from ACCs. Also, for our team and staff to celebrate Frank Comfort's last home dual meet is an honor that we do not take lightly. Frank is a great coach whose time and service to USA Swimming and collegiate swimming demands a high level of appreciation.

North Carolina's Last Time Out:
North Carolina's men's and women's swimming and diving teams made head coach Frank Comfort's final trip to swim against arch rival NC State a memorable one as the Tar Heel women defeated the Pack 191-52 and the UNC men triumphed 144-99 at Carmichael Natatorium. UNC's women won all 13 events in the meet while the men won eight of 13 events highlighted by wins in both relay events.

Sophomore Hank Browning led the men as he won both the 100 and 200 freestyles while also swimming on the victorious 400 freestyle relay team. UNC swept both relay events with junior Keith Laabs and junior Zach Swartz swimming on both relays. North Carolina also swept the diving events with senior Jon Fox winning the one-meter and junior Ryan Funderburk the three-meter.

Double winners for the women included sophomore Whitney Sprague in the 200 and 500 freestyles and freshman Eliza Butts in both sprint freestyle events. Sophomore Aubrette Biegel swam on both winning relay squads and freshman Alison Clemens (400 IM) and junior Lindsey Marck (200 butterfly) each won one event and also swam on a winning relay.

Looking forward with North Carolina head coach Rich DeSelm:
We look forward to hosting the University of Maryland men's and women's swimming and diving teams this coming Saturday here in Chapel Hill. They are a well coached team and will be ready. We are coming off an excellent weekend of competition and have N.C. State early this week before the Terps arrive. As both teams are getting ready for the ACC and NCAA Championships, there should be plenty of fast swimming and great diving. We hope to see a great crowd here at Koury Natatorium on Saturday, January 27 at 11 a.m.!

Top 2006-07 Times Comparison:
50 Free
UMD: 20.66, Danny Gray
UNC: 20.79, Casey Kott
100 Free
UMD: 46.01, Danny Gray
UNC: 45.51, Robby Swendiman
200 Free
UMD: 1:44.62, Aleksandar, Damjanic
UNC: 1:39.22, Hank Browning
500 Free
UMD: 4:43.57, Chris Rouchard
UNC: 4:27.75, Chip Peterson
1000 Free
UMD: 9:50.35, Chris Rouchard
UNC: 9:08.63, Chip Peterson
1650 Free
UMD: 16:21.64, Chris Rouchard
UNC: 15:05.28, Chip Peterson
100 Back
UMD: 50.35, Dong Kim
UNC: 49.83, Keith Laabs
200 Back
UMD: 1:56.22, Eric Thomasson
UNC: 1:47.11, Jeff James
100 Breast
UMD: 58.13, Eric Cullen
UNC: 57.37, Aaron Burns
200 Breast
UMD: 2:08.84, Tim Shepard
UNC: 2:06.91, Aaron Burns
100 Fly
UMD: 51.02, Andrew Weinert
UNC: 49.84, Jared Kleber
200 Fly
UMD: 1:56.82, Eric Thomasson
UNC: 1:50.38, Yi-Khy Saw
200 IM
UMD: 1:56.80, Tim Shepard
UNC: 1:52.04, Jeff James
400 IM
UMD: 4:10.74, Tony Miller, 4:10.74
UNC: 4:00.43, Yi-Khy Saw
200 Free Relay
UMD: 1:24.26
UNC: 1:23.22
400 Free Relay
UMD: 3:07.27
UNC: 3:03.41
800 Free Relay
UMD: 7:08.42
UNC: 6:46.34
200 Medley Relay
UMD: 1:32.74
UNC: 1:31.56
400 Medley Relay
UMD: 3:27.15
UNC: 3:23.82
1M Diving
UMD: 286.20, Derek Hock
UNC: 371.95, Ryan Funderburk
3M Diving
UMD: 292.70, Patrick Meck/Derek Hock
UNC: 388.40, Ryan Funderburk

50 Free
UMD: 23.52, Yelena Skalinskaya
UNC: 23.44, Kelsey Morrissy
100 Free
UMD: 50.37, Andrea Lehner
UNC: 51.08, Eliza Butts
200 Free
UMD: 1:49.65, Andrea Lehner
UNC: 1:50.80, Ashley Howard
500 Free
UMD: 4:54.94, Andrea Lehner
UNC: 4:50.28, Whitney Sprague
1000 Free
UMD: 10:11.37, Andrea Lehner
UNC: 9:47.14, Whitney Sprague
1650 Free
UMD: 16:48.97, Andrea Lehner
UNC: 16:35.68, Whitney Sprague
100 Back
UMD: 56.31, Andrea Lehner
UNC: 56.59, Megan Steeves
200 Back
UMD: 2:00.39, Andrea Lehner
UNC: 2:00.03, Ashley Howard
100 Breast
UMD: 1:07.15, Emily Smoak
UNC: 1:03.21, Alison Clemens
200 Breast
UMD: 2:21.11, Sasha Malanina
UNC: 2:15.85, Alison Clemens
100 Fly
UMD: 56.18, Jen Vogel
UNC: 55.78, Lindsey Marck
200 Fly
UMD: 2:01.91, Jen Vogel
UNC: 2:01.22, Lindsey Marck
200 IM
UMD: 2:02.29, Sasha Malanina
UNC: 2:02.68, Alison Clemens
400 IM
UMD: 4:21.37, Sasha Malanina
UNC: 4:22.96, Alison Clemens
200 Free Relay
UMD: 1:33.00
UNC: 1:34.66
400 Free Relay
UMD: 3:26.66
UNC: 3:24.38
800 Free Relay
UMD: 7:30.24
UNC: 7:28.09
200 Medley Relay
UMD: 1:45.72
UNC: 1:44.55
400 Medley Relay
UMD: 3:49.82
UNC: 3:46.47
1M Diving
UNC: 270.60, Laura Filip
3M Diving
UNC: 312.50, Lauren Karatanevski

* – denotes meter conversion

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